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difference is that i grew up in an environment that was a little bit more forgiving. when i was their age, i was a lot like them. i didn't have ad in the house. and i was angry about it even though i didn't necessarily realize it at the time. i made bad choices. i got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. groups that have had the odds stacked against them in unique ways that require unique solutions. groups who've seen fewer opportunities that have spanned generations. the worst part is that we become numb to these statistics. we're not surprised by them. we take them as the norm. we just assume this is an inevitable part of american life instead of the outrage that it is. [ applause ] >> and i -- and i believe the continuing struggles of so many boys and young men, the fact that too many of them are falling by the way side, dropping out, unemployed, involved in negative behavior, being pro filed. so we need to change the statistics. not just for the sake of the young men and boys, but for the sake of america's future. and that's -- that's why in the aftermath of the
explained to them was i had issues, too, when i was their age. i just had an environment that was a little more forgiving so when i screwed up, the consequences weren't as high as when kids on the south side screw up. >> valerie jarrett is the president's senior adviser. >> in a brief interaction, he transformed many of their lives and touched their hearts as they did him. and so just imagine if we can do that all around the country. >> reporter: this afternoon, the b.a.m. teens are at the white house for the announcement of the my brother's keeper initiative. they'll donate at least $200 million over five years to programs like b.a.m. nationwide. >> sdwhwhat does becoming a man mean? >> it means it's time to grow up, leave all childish things aside. >> becoming a man means become a man basically. you know, stop being childish. persevere. >> same thing what these two said. take responsibility and deal with your things. deal with your actions and whatever outcome is you have to accept it. >> an outcome hopefully of change for a troubled generation. for a troubled generation. let's hope the
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